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The Reluctant Therapist: Why are we so depressed?

There has been a great deal of writing, discussion and research in the past three decades around the topic of depression, and how we think about this distressing and prevalent mood disorder. What if everything we believe about depression is wrong, and everything we are doing to make it better is actually making it worse? And what if feeling depressed is actually our new normal—and feelings of joy, hope and happiness have become just fleeting experiences that we enjoy through certain times in our life? Tune in Tuesday at 2 p.m. for a conversation with Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist, about the changing face of depression and the challenges in treating and living with a deep melancholy.


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